Monday, September 09, 2013
Cheyenne Stables' top-class mare Mystical Star returned to the winner’s circle by taking Saturday’s $150,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon in course-record time over the European-style turf course on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
The margin of victory was a neck over the European import Preferential. Both distaffers sat behind the pace for most of the 1 5/16-mile Marathon, with Preferential, under Leandro Goncalves, making the first move for the lead at the head of the lane. Meanwhile, Brice Blanc, aboard Mystical Star, waited until the middle of the lengthy three-furlong stretch to make his run for the line.
Mystical Star responded strongly, making up three lengths in the final furlong to win by a length in2:11.30, breaking the track mark by a full second.
“It’s a long stretch, and I didn’t want to do a premature move, even with the ground being so firm,” Blanc said. “I didn’t want to make my move until we really got to the top of the lane.”
Mystical Star has placed in the Hillsborough S. and Waya S. this year, and won the 2012 New York S. (G2). Her bankroll now stands at $532,617 from a career record of 17-5-3-2.